Turtles Again? Of course!
Yep. That’s me…the turtle lady. Today I just want to share with you about my latest book finds!
First, for several years now I have been checking out all the turtle and sea turtle books I can find at the library which are not very many I might add. Well, a few days ago I was reading one of my favorites again (I’ve checked it out more times than I can count) called “Turtles, Tortoises & Terrapins: Survivors in Armor” by Ronald Orenstein. Every time I check it out I wish I could keep it. So this past Tuesday I decided to look for it on Amazon. I found a new updated version, but I couldn’t afford that one. So I looked for a used one and found it for half the price of the newest one. I realize there is some updated information in the new one, and it looked like it had new photos, but I still decided to get the used one. It has a little crinkle on the book cover, but is a hardback and in good shape otherwise. So for what I paid it is well worth it. Here is a picture of it! Sorry about the glare.
The other book I found is a gold mine for me! I went to Barnes & Noble on Wednesday and was looking for a more updated book on sea turtles since I am writing the article for my class about them. I just get tired of looking for everything online sometimes. I still love to read books I can hold in my hands. That is never going to change for me.
So I looked in their shrunken animal/nature book section (also, our store is smaller than most), and I couldn’t find anything! They had a guide book for reptiles, but that was about it…NOTHING on sea turtles! They have some small books in the kids sections that I already have, but didn’t have anything new. So I decided to ask a clerk who has been there for at least the last 15 years or more. She went into her computer looking for the most recently published books about sea turtles to see if there was anything I wanted to order. I also told her I was interested in the latest conservation information. Well, she found the most beautiful book for me! It is a heavier covered paperback, perfect print size, and filled with the most amazing photography and information!
I have never found a book this wonderful on sea turtles before. It is called “Our Sea Turtles: A Practical Guide for the Atlantic and Gulf, from Canada to Mexico” by Blair and Dawn Witherington. They are a couple who live in Floridana Beach, Florida. Blair is a “Senior Sea Turtle Conservation Biologist at the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, University of Florida, with a joint appointment leading Disney’s sea turtle conservation program.” He has degrees in biology and zoology and has written several other books.
His wife, “Dawn is a scientific illustrator and graphic design artist trained at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Ft. Lauderdale. Her art and design are prominent in natural history books, posters, museum exhibits, and a line of sea-themed greeting cards.” (Both quotes are from the back flap of the book.)
This book is 282 pages full of wonderful information, illustrations, and photographs. What a talent they both have for writing and art/photography! It is so amazing. Here is a picture of it. Sorry there is a bit of a glare on it. Anyway, I began reading this one last night and almost couldn’t put it down to go to sleep! It is a book I will always treasure. I will definitely be looking for their other books in the future.
Well, this is what I will be doing this weekend. Reading, reading, and reading…oh and writing as well. I realized last night that I think the reason I am having difficulty writing this article is because it is about something so precious to me. I have a great emotional investment in my love for sea turtles and protecting them, so whatever I write, I hope it doesn’t get too much “correction” but if so, it will be a learning experience! I hope you all have a nice weekend!
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂